What are the treatment implications of the disease model?
A person that is drug dependent is considered a victim of forces beyond their own control. This is the implications of the disease model. The meaning of “disease” is known as an illness, “a condition of the living animal or plant body or of one of its parts that impairs normal functioning and is typically manifested by distinguishing signs and symptoms: SICKNESS, MALADY” http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disease
It became effective on January 16, 1920, as the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, the pertinent sections of which are as follows:”Sec. 1. After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage, purposes is hereby prohibited. http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/Library/studies/wick/wick1.html
Many years have come and gone since the repeal of the Prohibition in the United States, we needed to get something better. In 1935 is when Alcoholics Anonymous was founded, we also got AODA (Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse) “The American Disease was formed and basically from that AODA it is unique, irreversible, and progressive disease. The belief of those who support this model is that while alcoholism and addiction cannot be cured, however, such conditions can be arrested by abstaining from the substance the individual is addicted to.” http://www.addiction-rehabilitation.com/models.html
Alcoholics Anonymous are for the drinkers and Narcotics Anonymous are for the drug addicts. There usually no cost for these, only donations that are taken up at the meetings. So there are no fees to pay and is free for the most part. All a person has to do is show up for the meeting. Both of these A.A. (Alcoholics Anonymous), and N.A., (Narcotics Anonymous), have...